A tiger kills a zoo keeper in Wroclaw, south-western Poland as he cleaned it’s enclosure during routine cleaning. The death occurred a day before a conference with zoo directors, according to FOX News.
The keeper, identified as Ryszard Pakla, was mauled to death and died almost instantly. The rare Sumatran tiger is usually locked in a separate area, but it appears that a door was not locked property before the attack.
Police were notified by an ambulance crew who were called to the site. Prosecutors are investigating the accident.
The “Tiger Kills Keeper” incident has prompted a statement from Radoslaw Ratajszczak, the director of the zoo, who said, “It is the saddest day in my life.” The man had 20 years of experience in taking care of predators at the zoo.
“He was a very experienced, very balanced and a good worker. He performed this routine job that he had done thousands of times before,” Ratajszczak said.
Wroclaw zoo is due to host an international conference of European zoo directors tomorrow. A minutes silence was observed by delegates.
The 150-years-old Wroclaw zoo is due to host an international conference of European zoo directors on Thursday.
It is thought Pakla died “virtually instantly” after the Sumatran tiger attacked him at about 7.30am in Wroclaw Zoo. His colleague, who managed to shut the gate before the animal attacked him as well, could do nothing to save the keeper..
Pakla, 58, worked with the critically endangered animals since they arrived at the zoo in 2010. The zoo, which remained open but with the enclosure taped off, was quick to say this was not the tiger’s fault, although it did not know what had caused the accident.
The tiger should not have been in the run while it was being cleaned.
This is the second horrific accident to take place at the zoo in recent years: in 2003, a keeper was dragged into a cage by a bear, which bit part of his foot off.
The zoo says it is working with Palka’s family.